Celebrate Morningside Nature Center Living History Farm’s 40th Anniversary!


The City of Gainesville Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs Department, together with the Friends of Nature Parks, are commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Living History Farm at Morningside Nature Center with a historical celebration Saturday, July 2 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. While this morning of family fun is free, we hope attendees will consider a donation to support the future of the farm. Ice cream and old-fashioned wagon rides will also be available for attendees to purchase.

Celebratory activities will include a critter calling contest, tractor-pull hay rides, whirligig tossing, horseshoe throwing, guessing games, patriotic pinwheel making and dancing the Paw-Paw Dance! Sit for a spell on the porch of our 1840’s cabin, read aloud in our one-room schoolhouse and learn about our heritage-breed farm animals. All guests are welcome to pack a picnic basket and enjoy some vittles on our historical farm nestled in the tall longleaf pines.

The Living History Farm was dedicated to the people of Gainesville on Independence Day in 1976, our country’s bicentennial, and has been a favorite landmark and destination ever since. Generations of visitors have enjoyed experiencing life on an 1870’s Florida farm and getting their hands dirty with good clean fun during school group programs, Barnyard Buddies tours, Living History Days and special farm events.

So join us at Morningside Nature Center, located at 3540 E. University Ave. in Gainesville, to commemorate the 40th anniversary and help support our beloved Living History Farm! This jubilee is sure to give family and friends endless enjoyment, while raising funds for the future preservation of our beautiful farm.

Friends of Nature Parks is a local non-profit organization dedicated to enhancing and inspiring an appreciation for Florida’s natural environment by strengthening the educational resources of Gainesville's nature parks. This support organization is responsible for funding educational opportunities for both students from local elementary and secondary schools, as well as scholarships for day camp sessions held at Morningside during school breaks. To learn more about the Friends of Nature Parks, or to donate online, please visit

For more information about the celebration, please contact Bricky Way, recreation leader and farm manager of Morningside Nature Center, at 352-334-3326 or